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Latin America: Resource conflicts

Latin America is renowned as a region abundant in all manner of natural resources, to include the large oil reserves of Venezuela and Ecuador, the vast mineral deposits in Chile and Peru and, of course, the lush and expansive tropical rainforests across the Amazon basin. The value of these resources, while being a key driver [...]

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Awakening the Tiger: Vietnam’s surge in the global economy

Vietnam has witnessed substantial growth lately, recovering rather abruptly from the global chaos caused by the pandemic. Since then, the nation has welcomed a surge in foreign direct investments (FDI) and seen its manufacturing sector expand which, combined, have been the backbone of its economic recovery. The reason has, at least in part, been as

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American Business in China: Navigating China’s Open Doors and Invisible Barriers

History reveals that China has been a particularly appealing market for US investors, lured by the immense 1.4 billion population consumer base and exponential economic growth. That being said, recent changes in geopolitical tides have brought challenges. There now exists heightened regulation, increased geopolitical tension and a significant slowdown in the Chinese economy that has

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The West’s Tightrope: Balancing diplomacy and power in the Red Sea

Global attention continues to focus on the Red Sea region where the conflict is getting worse. Having started with a series of calculated moves by regional powers, it is threatening to develop into a terrible conflict with potentially far-reaching consequences. Military clashes continue to increase, geopolitical tensions are rising and a humanitarian crisis is likely.

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Checkmate or stalemate: The global standoff between world leaders and citizens

From the beginning of 2023, the geopolitical landscape has been marked by a series of escalating tensions and civil unrest – evidence of deep-seated economic, political and social discord across the globe. Some analysts are questioning whether businesses should expect civil unrest on a global scale, which could significantly impact market stability and operational continuity. China’s

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard given the green light for terrorism

It is now clear that operations of the terrorist group Hamas are being funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including the attack on Israel on 7 October 2023. Furthermore, there are reports of plans by the IRGC to carry out terrorist attacks on non-military Western targets, in an attempt to deter countries from

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The deterioration of India–China relations: the battle for influence in South Asia

India and China have long viewed each other’s global aspirations with suspicion. While their proximity makes them economically intertwined, their histories and geopolitical agendas have made their relationship fraught with distrust. India hopes for a multipolar international order in which New Delhi has a strong voice. Beijing wants to be a counterbalance to the US

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‘Silent Partners’ – organised crime’s profitable collaboration with sanctioned regimes

Three decades after the conclusion of Cold War 1.0, the global stage is witnessing an unsettling revival of Cold War dynamics and tensions. The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 was supposed to mark the start of a new era. However, relations between the United States of America, Russia, China, Ukraine, Iran, North Korea,

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US attempts to weaken BRICS

With talk that Venezuela and Mexico are formally applying for membership of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), it is a good time to assess just what the Biden administration is trying to do to weaken and break up the trading bloc. The US succeeded in regaining control over the Philippines as part

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The US vs China – who will draw back?

The two major powerhouses of the world’s industrial and financial markets are not just at odds with each other but are fighting a ‘cold war’ that threatens the very foundations upon which all countries operate. Both economies are suffering – and that’s partly as a result of policies enacted by their own governments. For China, the

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